This is, what we in Scandinavia calls a "pekoral".(from Latin pecus: cattle). It happens when a narrator's need to express himself is far greater than his ability to do so. The emotional and intellectual capacity is insufficient for the large ambitions. It is typical for the time.
"It didn't mention Socialism or Communism, which are worse menaces". Worse menaces than nazism? You might want to visit Scandinavia before you mix up socialism with Stalinism. It's like comparing Dr Phil with Dr Mabuse.
September 7, 2010 Subject:
It's The Thought That Counts
A morality tale about the need to fight against bigotry and intolerance that is so insipid it's unlikely to convince anyone who isn't already convinced. That's a shame because, if the comment of "Ron Raygun" (such a clever guy!) is any guage, the message is as needed today as ever. The country's filled with "Raygun" types--they are the base of the so-called Tea Party movement.
Reviewer:Ron Raygun -
October 9, 2009 Subject:
This film is a unrealistic, idealistic production typical of New York. In the day it may have duped some, but it is hard for me to see any good that it did then or today. It seemed to center on German NAZI and Italian Musolini type Fascism characters. It didn't mention Socialism or Communism, which are worse menaces. This is probably because the producer has been linked to Communist activities. Today, with all the "Hate Crime" laws, the ADL, SPLC, ACLU, Holocaust Museums, corrupt Catholics with their pedophile Priests, these continue to trash the many founding principles of America that were based on Christian values. America today is run by AIPAC and it will probably take a revolution to return the country to her Christian roots. This film is worthless in my opinion.
March 19, 2006 Subject:
Simplistic when viewing today
In 1944, this film may have been a more effective plea for tolerance, but the script- when watching it now- is very unrealistic. People will help out eachg other in times of tragedy, but the problems of prejudice is still being worked out in our country today.
September 24, 2003 Subject:
Escape rule #1: If you're a POW, stop telling everyone you meet.
A dandy little film that doesn't let trifles like "plausability" get in the way of being the best film on this site.
Two Nazi POWs escape from an American prison and manage to run into a cross-section of good ol' America. A man who lost his sight in the war, but doesn't mind because now he's got Mitzi, the world's best guide dog, who knows not to run off with Nazis. After getting picked up by an Al Capone look-alike running for Sheriff, the duo wander around Central Park and listen to a crank rant about the gub'mint. Why isn't he being arrested? Obviously the police are in the pay of Moscow!
Unaware that they're being tailed the entire time, the two most incompetent saboteurs in history go to a sister-in-law's house, where they yap on and on about Nazism instead of laying low until they can get the hell out of there. Then they dodge the police, almost kill a kid, set fire to a church and get recaptured by falling for the second oldest trick in the book.
Of course, this only serves to strengthen the resolve of America's interfaith community, although I have to wonder how many 1940s Catholics would really go to a synogogue on Sunday.
Pretty overwrought tale of Nazis on the loose and we must catch them! Two Germans who are prisoners of war, escape, and by ways that are not exactly clear, wind up in America. They wander around.. they meet up with a blind man. When the blind man cleverly discovers that they're Nazis ("Are you Nazis?") the nazis, realizing that they're cover is blown, steal the blind man's dog! Ooooh evil! They catch a ride into town to meet up with one of the man's relatives, who also is German, but not a Nazi, you understand? Anyways, after SHE realizes they're Nazis, she casually walks to the phone and calls the FBI, THEN the Nazis attack her. But, realizing they're totally outnumbered by a woman, they flee! They finally wind up in a church, where the EARTH SHATTERING CONCLUSION happens. LOL. Anyways, this is NOT the main moral of the story, somehow, in the church the Nazis cause "extensive damage" to the church (this is what they say, although it's oddly never shown) and somehow the christian minister has to deliver his sermon!, A "just happened to be in the neighborhood" Rabbi takes the christians in with good will, and they have a joint service. I kind of liked the 1940's war film style to it, but it's too bad the script is just so flimsy. Reccomended!
Reviewer:Steve Nordby -
September 11, 2003 Subject:
Good idea gone comically bad
Two escaped Nazi's run into a blind man on a walk and steal his dog. They hitch a ride with an Italian-American politician and tour New York. They are surprised to hear a soapbax orator attack the government while the cops do nothing. A friendly New Yorker offers them a ride and drops them off with an "auf weidersehen" that goes by without comment. They arrive at the home of a sister-in-law to one of them, but when she discovers they were German soldiers, a halfway serious argument ensues. Some lines remind me of Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" take on stirring up fear and hatred based on race and class: "We won't have to shoot Americans. The Americans will be so obliging as to shoot each other." Sister-in-law tries to phone the heat, but the Nazis escape to a church where a predictable National Conference of Christians and Jews ending takes place.